Attachment Style and Subjective Motivations for Sex

  title={Attachment Style and Subjective Motivations for Sex},
  author={Deborah Davis and Phillip R. Shaver and Michael L. Vernon},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1076 - 1090}
The relation of attachment style to subjective motivations for sex was investigated in an Internet survey of 1999 respondents. The relations of attachment anxiety and avoidance to overall sexual motivation and to the specific motives for emotional closeness, reassurance, self-esteem enhancement, stress reduction, partner manipulation, protection from partner’s negative affect and behavior, power exertion, physical pleasure, nurturing one’s partner, and procreation were explored. As predicted… 

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